Delay in buried baby’s case

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November 9, 2016
Delay in buried baby’s case

ON TRIAL: Mahabeer

Forensic evidence is still outstanding.

The 23-year-old Athlone woman accused of concealment of birth after burying her child in a neighbour’s yard appeared in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Janine Mahabeer was again surrounded by her family and boyfriend and in the presence of her attorney, Advocate Williams from the Women’s Legal Centre.

Mahabeer is for now accused of concealment of birth as she claims she had an abortion and the remains of the 18-week-old dead foetus popped out at home.

A witness though, who took photos of a fully formed child, claims she is lying and that he heard the baby cry. He says he took a bag off the woman and found a dead child wrapped in newspaper.

On Tuesday, Magistrate Damons-Locht said she was postponing the matter for final investigation as forensic evidence was still outstanding.

The prosecutor and investigating officer indicated it could take four weeks to get this information. The case was postponed to 20 January 2017.

Mahabeer, who is out on bail of R500, and her family appeared delighted at this news.

However, a witness at court says the accused belongs behind bars: “Child killers are murderers and Janine is a murderer who killed her child.”

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